The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government's compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. | File photo

Poultry, egg compensation applications now available

Applications for the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program are now being accepted. The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government’s compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. Producers are entitled to a dollar amount based on their quota holdings […] Read more

The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government's compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. | File photo

Poultry, egg farmers now able to access compensation dollars

Applications for the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program (PEFIP) are now being accepted. The program includes $647 million stretched over 10 years to help producers remain competitive, and is part of the government’s compensation for negotiating away parts of the supply managed markets. Producers are entitled to a dollar amount based on their quota […] Read more

Feds pushed to support Taiwan’s entry into CPTPP deal

Feds pushed to support Taiwan’s entry into CPTPP deal

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association wants Ottawa to get behind CPTPP expansion because it is a particularly good agreement

Canada should support Taiwan in its bid to become part of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, says an Alberta think-tank. A new briefing paper released by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy Publications said Canada has been forced to tread lightly in its dealings with Taiwan. That is because China […] Read more


During the Nov. 28 press conference where the payout was publicized, Bibeau offered further details on compensation announced last year for dairy farmers. | Screencap via Twitter/@mclaudebibeau

Feds deliver on supply management compensation

Canadian producers working in supply-managed sectors received details of federal government plans to compensate them for market access offered in recently signed trade deals. The announcement comes on the heels of producers calling on federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau to follow through on commitments to support supply-managed producers impacted by trade deals. The egg, chicken […] Read more

There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist from the University of California Davis: get rid of supply management and allow farmers to export chicken and dairy products to the world. | File photo

Has chicken industry lost out?

In late October the federal government created a couple of working groups with the goal of helping Canadian dairy and poultry farmers adjust to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. There may be a simpler way to help Canada’s poultry and dairy farmers adjust to trade, says an economist […] Read more


International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr spent a snowy lunch with leaders of Manitoba’s farming and agriculture communities in downtown Winnipeg Nov. 2 just before heading to China.  |  Ed White photo

Trade mission to China reflects new optimism

Three federal cabinet ministers will visit China this week as Canada focuses its trade gaze on the Asian country

Snow was falling and servers were shivering, but the mood was warm and sunny as leaders of Canada and Manitoba’s farming industries mingled with government representatives to celebrate agricultural trade. It was easy to understand why they were so happy. A few months earlier, the North American Free Trade Agreement was in doubt, the Comprehensive […] Read more

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent October 25, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. | Twitter/@CanadaTrade image

CPTPP implementation legislation receives royal assent

Federal legislation implementing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership received royal assent today, moving Canada closer to becoming the sixth country to implement the trade deal. The federal government must now notify the other CPTPP countries that its ratification process is complete before the country becomes the sixth member to do so after […] Read more

Canadian agri-food exporters have been urging the federal government to quickly ratify CPTPP so that Canada doesn't lose sales of pork, beef and canola to Japan. | File photo

House of Commons ratifies CPTPP; Senate up next

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is getting close to reality. On Tuesday, members of Parliament voted to ratify the CPTPP, an 11-nation trade deal between Pacific nations, including Japan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. The legislation, Bill C-79, will now go to the Senate to complete the ratification process. If it […] Read more


TPP-11 ratification must wait until fall

Government introduced legislation earlier this month to ratify deal, but it didn’t pass before Parliament’s summer break

On June 21, Luc Berthold was about to get in his car, leave Ottawa and drive home to his riding of Megantic-L’Erable. The member of Parliament was heading to Thetford Mines, south of Quebec City, because the House of Commons adjourned for the summer June 20. Berthold, the agriculture critic for the Conservative party, was […] Read more

The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better known as the TPP, is an 11 nation trade agreement that includes the key country of Japan. | Screencap via Twitter/@JustinTrudeau

Ottawa moves to ratify TPP-11

In a week where Italy threatened to blow up the Canada-European Union free trade deal and the U.S. formally imposed $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, there was actually some good news for Canadian farmers. The federal government brought forward legislation yesterday to enact the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership. The deal, better […] Read more